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Dec

High Plains pleased with state test results

With two major changes occurring in this year’s NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability) testing criteria for Nebraska students, administrators at High Plains Community schools are pleased with this year’s results as they continue their focus on 2018.
“District-wise we were above the state average in all three categories,” said High Plains Supt. Brian Tonniges.

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06
Dec

Aurora sits above state average on district NeSA assessment

Aurora School District Supt. Damon McDonald stated Monday that he is pleased with the districts’ scores from the 2016-2017 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments.
After a lengthly delay, the state released the results from the NeSA test taken last spring on the Nebraska Education Profile (NEP), which includes the performance of students by district and school in English Language arts, mathematics, science and the ACT.

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Wed
06
Dec

NPPD staff reaches out to help boost area’s economic development efforts

More than 20 area business and community leaders spent two hours talking economic development last week in Aurora, focusing on tips and resources available from the Nebraska Public Power District to help communities grow.
Representatives from the Aurora Development Corporation, Aurora Area Chamber & Development and the new Aurora Chamber of Commerce heard an overview of programs and services now available, with NPPD staff members emphasizing the need for an organized economic development plan and quick response time.

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Wed
06
Dec

Judge Williams shares legal perspective around the globe

Matthew Williams credits an assignment to read a presentation at a school assembly his junior year back in Aurora for “finding his voice.”
Forty-two years later, that voice now carries the weight of a superior court judge in King County, Wash., though his understanding of the rule of law spreads all around the world.

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Wed
29
Nov

Unified Bowling makes a rolling intro into High Plains

High Plains Community Schools has added a new sport, sanctioned by the NSAA in 2016, to the roster. The program, known as Unified Sports allows students with intellectual disabilities to participate with students without disabilities. The program has been an important piece to the Special Olympics community, and now the Storm has bowling added to the list of its competitive sports.

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Wed
29
Nov

County reviews new salary proposal

Discussion on salary recommendations for elected officials and deputy’s salary for 2019-22 was tabled Monday after a resolution was presented by the county’s salary committee.
Several resolutions were recommended by the salary committee for the calendar year starting in 2019.

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Wed
29
Nov

Sex trafficking reportedly a growing issue in Nebraska

Trafficking of humans has reportedly become the second largest criminal industry in the world, with signs that this form of modern-day slavery may be spreading to Nebraska and even here to Hamilton County.
That alarming report came from Kerry Webster, who shared insight from her work with the Hastings Anti-Human Traffic Coalition during a presentation Nov. 22 to the Aurora Rotary Club.

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Wed
29
Nov

Heartland United Way’s reach spreading in Hamilton County

Every year hundreds of Hamilton County residents look towards the Heartland United Way and their 21 agencies to create a balance in life when something is lacking. From legal assistance to places where the doors are always open, Hamilton County citizens are able to take advantage of a wide variety of programs.
All of those programs depend in part on funds from the United Way, which are being raised now through the agency’s annual fund drive. This year’s goal is $1.4 million.

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Wed
29
Nov

Kids Move University makes play educational

Eight local children graduated last week from Kids Move University, a wellness program designed to let kids have fun while learning and enhancing their fine motor skills.
Kim Eberly, an occupational therapist at Memorial Community Health, said participation was strong in the third year of the program, with eight kids and their parents showing up for seven different sessions.

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Wed
29
Nov

Foreign exchange students reflect on Heroes and Huskies experience

When the Heroes and Huskies took off for Washington D.C. Oct. 25, there was an opportunity for students and veterans alike to experience an important piece of American history. But for two students on the trip, Owen Riks, originally from the Netherlands, and Laurin Suessenguth, from Germany, the experience was slightly different. While they still had the opportunity to learn about American history, they weren’t learning about their own history as each of them hail from a different country and are here studying as foreign exchange students.

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